Book Reviews

Wonderstruck Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Inventive story of runaways in New York, 50 years apart.
By Brian Selznick
(2011)
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The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict Book Poster Image
age 9+
Smart kids, lessons in Mysterious Benedict Society prequel.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2012)
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Infinity Ring: A Mutiny in Time, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Gripping multimedia time-travel adventure series debut.
By James Dashner
(2012)
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"Who Could That Be at This Hour?": All the Wrong Questions, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Snicket in fine form as a 12-year-old solving noir mystery.
By Lemony Snicket
(2012)
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Joshua Dread Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Hilarious saga of middle-schooler with supervillain parents.
By Lee Bacon
(2012)
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Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America Book Poster Image
age 9+
Captivating storytelling makes these heroes relatable.
By Andrea Davis Pinkney
(2012)
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"When Did You See Her Last?": All the Wrong Questions, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
More playful sequel, even as menace and mystery build.
By Lemony Snicket
(2013)
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Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab: A Mystery with Electromagnets, Burglar Alarms, and Other Gadgets You Can Build Yourself: Nick and Tesla, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Kids fight crime with science in edutaining mystery.
By Science Bob Pflugfelder, Steve Hockensmith
(2013)
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The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel Book Poster Image
age 9+
Lively novel of London cholera epidemic through kid's eyes.
By Deborah Hopkinson
(2013)
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Wildwood Imperium: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Satisfying end to highly original, whimsical fantasy.
By Colin Meloy
(2014)
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Game Over, Pete Watson Book Poster Image
age 9+
Sci-fi/spy adventure delivers a fast-paced, if silly, plot.
By Joe Schreiber
(2014)
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File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fun, clever mini-mysteries let readers play detective.
By Lemony Snicket
(2014)
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Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile Book Poster Image
age 9+
Boy sketch artist helps catch art thieves in zippy mystery.
By Marcia Wells
(2014)
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A Horse Called Hero Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting, moving WWII tale a gem; not only for horse lovers.
By Sam Angus
(2014)
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Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus: Origami Yoda, Book 6 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Field-trip mayhem in smart, satisfying end to clever series.
By Tom Angleberger
(2014)
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"Shouldn't You Be in School?": All the Wrong Questions, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Snicket trails an arsonist in compelling installment.
By Lemony Snicket
(2014)
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365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts Book Poster Image
age 9+
Wise words to live by cleverly packed in a "Wonder" package.
By R.J. Palacio
(2014)
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Stella by Starlight Book Poster Image
age 9+
Compelling, nuanced tale of loving family under segregation.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2015)
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Nick and Tesla's Special Effects Spectacular: A Mystery with Animatronics, Alien Makeup, Camera Gear, and Other Movie Magic You Can Make Yourself!: Nick and Tesla, Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Kids use science, smarts to sniff out saboteur on movie set.
By Science Bob Pflugfelder, Steve Hockensmith
(2015)
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Circus Mirandus Book Poster Image
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age 9+
A mesmerizing journey through a wonderful, magical world.
By Cassie Beasley
(2015)
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